Virginia Howard Canipe

November 11, 2017

Charlotte - Virginia Howard Canipe, widow of Walter Grigg Canipe, died Saturday November 11, 2017 at Aldersgate Retirement Community in Charlotte where she lived since 1990. She was born February 28, 1915 in Denver, NC to Ollie and Ida Howard and was the youngest of their six children. Virginia grew up on the family farm and attended the Rock Springs School. She graduated from the Presbyterian Hospital nursing school in 1937 and practiced in clinical and doctors’ office settings in Charlotte for 10 years prior to starting her family.

Virginia and Walter were married July 15, 1939 in Charlotte and shared 58 years together before his death in 1997. Virginia was a lifelong Methodist attending Bethel UMC in Denver before moving into Charlotte and maintained a long interest in the Rock Springs Camp Meeting. Over the years both Virginia and Walter were actively committed to the Methodist Church and many of its ministries. Initially at First Methodist Church – Charlotte, then for 15 years at Saint Mark Methodist Church in Atlanta and at Providence United Methodist Church upon their return to Charlotte in 1968. Virginia had active sports interests following Duke Basketball closely - even past her 100th birthday, as well as, the Atlanta Braves, college football and PGA golf tournaments.

She is survived by her two children - her son and his wife, Kent and Ann Canipe, and her daughter, Jane Canipe Rooks (Dennis 1942-2013); three grandchildren – Ginny Canipe Swan (Justin), Brian Rooks, and Matthew Rooks (Victoria) and three great grandchildren – Taylor Swan, Abby Swan and Ian Rooks.

Her funeral service will be held at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte at 10:00 am on Friday November 17, 2017. The family will receive friends in the atrium following the service and inurnment will be at noon at Sharon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Virginia’s honor are requested for Providence United Methodist Church, 2801 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 and Aldersgate Retirement Community, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences at

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  • Quiana Hosea

    Today, I'm sadden by the passing of , a beautiful woman, I had the privilege of taking care of at Aldersgate. I truly admired, Ms Canipe, how friendly, warm, compassionate, thoughtful, she was with others. I will miss the walks, we had , the laughs we had, I enjoyed being a caregiver to her and she will be missed extremely. My condolences to the family . I pray GOD gives you strength.

  • Peter McKay (Dr. Hamilton W.. Jr.)

    Dear Kent and Jane,
    I first knew your wonderful Mom when I had a “job”, mostly looking at things in the microscope, in my Dad and Uncle’s office where she was the nurse.
    She was very kind and sensitive to my adolescent idiosyncrasies. Perhaps she noted that I had a lot of my Dad’s serious side and a lot of my Uncle’s love of fun and games. That dichotomy still afflicts me today. More recently, when I was raising money for the NC Outward Bound School, we renewed
    our friendship. She was good enough to share her many interests which were so beautifully described in her obituary. I was not able to be with you at her service, which I feel sure was lovely. My fond hope is that some day I will cross paths with you two. Sincerely, Peter.